Diesel is seen by many as the saviour of the petrol crisis. The cost per kilometre is lower, and the engines have been refined so much that they are now almost up to the specifications of petrol engines (and don’t sound like a bus). However in around 5-10 years when Hybrid technology has matured a little more there is going to be a big question for car buyers as to whether or not they should buy a Hybrid car or a Diesel car. Most importantly, Car Companies themselves are also divided on the future. Toyota being the propagator of Hybrid technologies has, unsurprisingly put its money in Hybrid while Daimler Chrysler (Mitsubishi, Mercedes Benz etc) has it put it’s money on Diesel. So what does the future hold?
From a logical point of view, it seems like a waste of time and investment to see the future of cars running diesel engines. However I must note that in Europe nearly 50% of the new car market belongs to Diesel cars and Hybrids are struggling, while in the states Diesel hasn’t really taken off while Hybrid is on the way up. Here in Australia, we are still very much reluctant to pick either side, the Toyota Prius is still selling well while more and more Diesel cars are coming down under.
So who will win? Only time will tell but it does seem a little odd to try to solve the world Fuel crisis by using a different type of Fuel while Hybrid technology tries to move away from the problem in the first place. If I was to take a bet on the winning technology, I’d go with Hybrid without a doubt.